Two of the Stanley Cup favourites will clash this Thursday in Winnipeg where the Boston Bruins face the Jets. There’s no way Boston will catch the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, so they’re focused on maintaining second spot, and home ice advantage, over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Jets, meanwhile, have a slight one-point advantage over the Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division. Not only will this game preview a potential Stanley Cup Final series, it may also have significant implications in the NHL standings.
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Despite their strong recent play, where the Bruins have gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 games, they’ve dropped two straight heading into Thursday’s matchup. Most recently, Boston fell 7-4 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in an uncharacteristically high-scoring game. Boston prides itself on team defense, so they’ll look to resolve some of those breakdowns against the Jets.
Winnipeg has also dropped their last two games, and have hit a bit of a rough stretch in recent weeks. They’re 4-6-0 in their last 10 games, and if not for equally poor play by the Predators, they could have dropped from first in their division. Look for big bounce back games from both teams. The puck drops at 8:00 PM ET.
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